SM: When was the last time you found yourself in an unexpectedly sinister circumstance?
TW: Being a champion of what is right and good, I never find myself in an unexpectedly sinister circumstance. But I have dealt with realtors and insurance salesmen.
SM: If you were to illustrate yourself meeting another version of yourself that was raised on the other side of the world, what would you be sure to include?
TW: An unusually large head, on a body that simply can’t decide between mesomorph and endomorph.
SM: Please describe your current relationship with new technology.
Well, it’s good for buying obscure books online, and finding new yoyo tricks. Other than that, I don’t use it much.
SM: What item in your home are you most pleased to show new visitors?
TW: Whatever painting I’ve just completed.
SM: In the middle of the interview, we request an anecdote.
TW: Many, many years ago, I was at a “Hollywood party,” attended by some of the actors from the movie “E.T.” I mistook the very small young lady who squeezed into the tiny “E.T.” costume for a barstool and sat on her head.
SM: Please describe what you imagine strangers see when they see you for the first time.
TW: Raw, physical power, tempered by a kind and compassionate countenance.
SM: What do you most people want from you, and what would you rather them have?
TW: They want me to put them in a headlock, knock them on the head, and say “Hello?! Anybody home?!”
I would rather they have actual interpersonal contact, not a performance through a thick filter of pop objectification.
SM: Please recommend a method for us to recognize you in the land of sleep and dreaming.
TW: I am the one flying, with a cape, throwing toys and candy to happy children.
SM: When you are feeling low, where do you look for empathy, understanding or assistance?
TW: Well, whenever I’m really feeling down in the dumps, I turn on the T.V. and listen to what the politicians have to say. You know, they have a lot of good ideas to really fix things, and their empathy, and understanding, and assistance makes me feel a lot better. Yay politicians!
SM; Please compose a brief poem or haiku on the subject of your choosing.
and the tapping, tapping
private me in public view. Hmm.
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